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Letter from the President
Thanks to everyone who helped to make the 2014-2015 St. Louis Chapter program a success. We had a great year with eight monthly meetings that included two Distinguished Lecturers from Society. We held a one-day seminar on Local District Energy Systems at Higher Education Campuses. And we provided two drink tickets along with each of the meals for the Dinner meetings.
The Chapter will end the year once again in a solid financial state with operational funds at approximately $72,000. The Chapter hosted 8 monthly events, co-hosted 1 event with USGBC, and hosted a Scholarship Golf Outing.
The attendance was up at each of the monthly meetings compared to last year. YEA events, Student Scholarships and Technology Awards were all successful accomplishments of membership participation.
Congratulations to the St. Louis Chapter officers who volunteered and were voted into office starting July 1, 2015. The 2015-2016 Chapter President will be Jim Rosick, Burns and McDonnell. The President – Elect – Program Director will be Chris Swallow, Thermal Mechanics, Inc. The Secretary/Treasurer will be Dan Krack, Precision Water Technologies, Inc. The Vice President – Research Promotion Director will be Jessica Mangler, Ross & Baruzzini. The Director of Membership Promotion – Publications will be Grant Irvine, McClure Engineering. And the new member of the Board of Governors as Director of Attendance & Reception will be Dan Mareschal, Burns and McDonnell.
Again, thank you for your participation and for making my job as the Chapter President an easy one.
Robert A. Jones, PE
Parker Sporlan Division
The 2015 Region VI Chapter Regional Conference was held in Quad Cities, Iowa in April. The St. Louis Chapter was well represented by members looking to expand their technical knowledge and network with HVAC&R industry professionals. Around a dozen St. Louis Chapter members attended.
Chapter representatives attended meetings to discuss ways to improve individual chapter operations and share ideas about how to improve membership, research promotion, young professionals’ involvement in Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA), developing programs, managing chapter funds, and overall improving the functionality of each chapter. In addition, Chapter Board Members attended workshops related to their position to learn how to improve in their respective roles for next year.
Numerous technical sessions were held, including presentations by Jennifer McIvor of MidAmerican Energy, Jeff Boldt of KJWW Engineering Consultants, Adam Wright of MidAmerican Energy, and Julia Gauthier and Ryan Schwartz of Weidt Group. Themes included supply side energy production, demand side energy consumption, wind energy in Iowa, and energy modeling versus verification.
Chapter Member Brian Ingenthron attended with the intent to research how to organize such a conference, as he is the chairperson for the 2017 CRC that will be held in St. Louis. Of the conference, he said, “In other CRC’s I have attended, I never looked at them through the eyes of those putting it on, only as one who was attending the event. Going into it looking at how the event progressed and how it was run gave me and my co-chairs a completely different perspective. Getting to spend time with the organizers and attending the wrap-up meeting really gave us the opportunity to see inside the running of a CRC and now we have a starting point of Do’s and Don’ts that we didn’t have before. Though we have two years, we have already selected a venue, and expect that we will have a “major league” CRC to offer the membership in 2017.”
Organized social events included a dinner on the Celebration Belle boat as well as numerous companion tour events.
Thank you to the Mississippi Valley Chapter for hosting a great conference!
Once again the Spring outing was a tremendous success. As usual, we dodged the weather bullet and wound up with a pretty good day for golf. Over $8000.00 was raised for the St. Louis Chapter Scholarship fund. 33 paying teams vied for the spoils of victory, and 21 individual companies sponsored holes. This year’s winners were as follows:
A Flight—1st Place—Rollie Johnson—Allen Atkins Captain-$300
A Flight—2nd Place—Rollie Johnson—Cris Meyer Captain – $200
B Flight—1st Place—AC Systems –Vinny Stanec Captain-$200
B Flight—2nd Place—HVAC Solutions—Keith Pulcher Captain- $160
Winners for the longest drive and closest to the pin contests were as follows:
Longest Drive—Hole 15—Jeff Smith- $50
Closest to Pin—Hole 5—P Braundmeier-$50
Closest to Pin—Hole 8—Mike Corrigan- $50
Closest to Pin—-Hole 12—Matt Kellar– $50
Closest to Pin—Hole 16—Bart Alsop–$50
In addition to the participants, I’d like to thank all of the hole sponsors. Comfort Sales, AC Systems, Alkemeyer & Assoc., Victaulic (2 sponsorships), RJI, Langendorf Supply, Commair Inc., McClure Engineering, Koch Air, HC Sharp Co., Midwest Machinery, Johnson Controls, Dynamic Controls, Blackmore and Glunt, HVAC Solutions, Thermal Mechanics, Behrmann Co., Murphy Co., Trane, Cambridge Engineering, and Renewaire.
Jim is the incoming Chapter President! He will serve for the 2015-2016 year. Learn a little more about him with some Q&A.
Name: Jim Rosick
Company and Position
I work for Burns & McDonnell’s St. Louis Regional Office as a Regional Practice Manager. I’m responsible for the Aviation, Federal, and Commissioning services for the St. Louis Region.
What does your company do/provide?
We’re a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting firm. We’re headquartered in Kansas City and employ over 5,000 professionals.
How long have you worked for them? How long have you worked in this industry?
I’m in my 9th year with Burns & McDonnell and my 16th year working in the St. Louis engineering community. I first started attending ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter meetings in 2000.
How did you come to work in your field?
I think my answer is probably the same as most ASHRAE members: I’ve always enjoyed science and technology. That enjoyment guided me toward engineering school, and the rest is history!
What is your main job function? What are you responsible for?
I’m responsible for managing our Aviation & Federal division in St. Louis and helping represent our Aviation business nationally. That means I spend plenty of time on airplanes and in airports! I’m also a project manager, and even sometimes a mechanical engineer.
What is the biggest challenge you face in your job?
Recruiting talented people. That’s why ASHRAE is important to me. The education and development opportunities the ASHRAE chapter provides to our local members helps increase the level of talent in our entire region.
What’s your favorite thing about working in this industry?
I feel like most people associated with our ASHRAE chapter are good people. I enjoy working in an industry where my clients and colleagues can also be my friends.
What’s your least favorite thing about working in this industry?
Low enthusiasm for involvement in professional societies. I’m not just making a pitch for ASHRAE, I swear! I think we all benefit when most of our peers are actively engaged in the professional community.
10. What’s your involvement in ASHRAE?
I’m presently serving as the President-Elect of the St. Louis Chapter, as well as Programs Chair. I’ve also been involved with ASHRAE Region VI as an RVC.
11. What is your responsibility on the Board?
Our chapter bylaws permit up to four officers who are responsible for the chapter. These are the President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. I’m currently the President-Elect. I’m also chairman of the Programs Committee, which means I’m responsible for arranging all of the meetings for the 2014-15 season.
12. What advice would you give someone just graduating college and starting in the HVAC world?
Network. Come to ASHRAE meetings and meet new people.
13. What’s something you’ve learned through your involvement in ASHRAE?
I can’t even begin to answer that! The technical knowledge I’ve gained from the ASHRAE handbooks, as well as chapter meetings has been invaluable.
14. What made you want to be involved in ASHRAE? (Either on the board or as a regular member.)
I became involved in ASHRAE as a member out of a desire to network with other professionals in the industry. Work is so much more enjoyable if you take the time to meet new friends. I became involved on the board as a result of my failure to say “no” J
15. Name one person who has been a mentor or an inspiration to you in your life (does not have to be in ASHRAE or in your professional career). Tell me about how they influenced you.
This may sound contrived, but I sincerely look up to all of our chapter past presidents. These folks have all put years of volunteer work into improving the professional community in St. Louis. Do yourself a favor and introduce yourself to the past presidents during our September meeting. Most of these folks are not only highly experienced in the industry, but they’re sincerely devoted to helping our community.
16. Do you have a favorite sport or team?
Don’t tell anyone, but I’m a cheesehead. I actually made Monday Night Football at Lambeau Field the first stop for my honeymoon.
17. What’s your favorite type of music or favorite band?
My wife sings in a band, so her band is my favorite! I like classic rock though. KSHE is #1 on my car’s memory.
18. What’s your favorite thing to do for fun?
I love camping with my family. Being disconnected from cell phones at a camp site is one of the most refreshing things in the world.
19. Where is the coolest place you have traveled? Or what was the best vacation you’ve ever had?
Coolest place: Taipei. I made a few trips there for work recently and the differences from American culture are intriguing. You can literally see a street vendor selling dried squid right outside a Starbucks.
Best vacation: a cabin in the mountains.
20. When you retire and have a lot more time on your hands, what will you do?
I still have plenty of time to think about that, but the first thing I’ll do is travel the US. Maybe it will be an RV, or maybe a Honda Goldwing, but I want to see all the amazing things in our country.
The St. Louis Chapter Technology & Scholarship Awards Night was held April 20 at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. The night consisted of a buffet dinner including two free drink tickets, presentations by Technology Award winners, a presentation about the Sustainability Project for the 2016 Annual Conference, and scholarships awards to students. In addition, members were allowed to bring a non-member for free.
This year, the Chapter received five project submittals which won Chapter Technology Awards. Three of those will be eligible to go on to compete at the Regional Level. The projects winning Chapter Awards this year were:
McDonnell & Brauer Hall at Mary Institute and St Louis Country Day School (1st Place)
Bruce Levitt & Lisa Sombart of William Tao & Associates
Campus Geothermal Energy System at Missouri University of Science & Technology (1st Place)
Phil Wentz, Shannon Gilligan, & Ajay Bhargava of McClure Engineering
New Science Complex at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (1st Place)
Andy Rein, BRiC Partnership
Northeast Classroom Building at Lake Land College (2nd Place)
Rory Stegeman, CM Engineering
Anna Smith Residence Hall at Berea College (2nd Place)
Eric Utterson, 8760 Engineering
The St. Louis Chapter has been privileged to have had two projects win awards at the Regional Level last year, including one First Place Award for William Tao & Associates’ project at the St Louis County Library Central Branch. Thanks to all of this year’s participants and winners for your submissions and presentations, and best of luck in future Regional competition!
Next, students participating in the Sustainability Project being featured at the 2016 Annual Conference presented on the project. As the 2016 Annual Conference will be held in St. Louis, tradition has it that a Sustainability Project be completed by the host city. The ASHRAE Community Sustainability Project Program is designed to share the engineering knowledge of our members to improve the world around them.
Vinny Stanec of AC Systems worked with Pat O’Brien of Dynamic Engineered Systems to assist students from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville to design and begin implementation of the Sustainability Project in preparation for the 2016 Annual Conference. The project involves upgrading the Chappee Cottage Residential Building at Beverly Farm, a home for adults with developmental disabilities, providing each individual with physical and emotional security and a dignified quality of life. The building needs a new boiler, updated controls, a new condensing unit, and an improved building envelope. If you are interested in financially supporting this project or otherwise volunteering, please contact email email@example.com.
To close the evening, Chapter student scholarships were awarded. Through fundraising completed by the Chapter, Jim Ertel of the Student Activities Committee was able to present over $8,700 to students. The Chapter also presented the ASHRAE Society Scholarship of $5,000 to Scott Tucci of Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Chapter Scholarship Award Winners this year were:
Brandon Bequette – University of Missouri – St. Louis / Washington University
Kyle DeProw – Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
Paul Cefaratti – Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
Rolla Starkey – Missouri University of Science & Technology
Scott Tucci – Missouri University of Science & Technology
All in all, the night was a great way to end the ASHRAE year. Thanks to all who attended, and we’ll see you next year!